Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While Traveling
Tips for Avoiding Back Pain While TravelingFrequent travelers tend to suffer from back pain once in a while. The reasons for the pain may be varied like sitting for prolonged periods of time – when flying from one place to another, for example; sleeping in uncomfortable postures, carrying heavy backpacks and so on. There are, however, things you can do to avoid back pain during your journeys. These include:
- Carrying your backpack right: When carrying your backpack, ensure that the entire weight of the pack is distributed throughout your back in an even manner. It is not advisable to carry your pack on just one shoulder. It is also important to not overload your bag. You should be able to stand upright comfortably when carrying your backpack. If your spine forms a C shape to give you stability when you put on the backpack, it’s a sign that you have overloaded it. This can hurt your back in the long-run.
- Use travel pillows on flights (buses, trains and cars too): Being well-rested when you arrive at your destination feels great. However, that’s only possible if you sleep comfortably while on your journey. But, a lot of people find it difficult to sleep in a comfortable position while sitting and often wake up with pain in the neck and back. You can avoid such pain and discomfort by using the Roamwild Surround Travel Pillow. It supports both your neck and your head so that you can sleep in a comfortable position even when sitting. The pillow can even be used in a configuration (among the five different ones that are available) to support your chin when you sleep. Its side supports, which are inflatable, can also offer you some amount of relief from the noise around you.
- Moving your luggage up and down the stairs: When leaving your house, you may have to move your suitcase down one or more flights of stairs. Carrying your suitcase down a flight of stairs can cause a catch in your back. One way to avoid such strain is to make use of a couple of thick towels to help drag your suitcase down the stairs. First, spread the towels on the floor. Lay the suitcase flat on the towels. Pull its handle out just enough to give you a good grip. Wrap the handle with the towels’ ends to improve your grip on it. Then drag the suitcase by its handle slowly down the stairs. For moving your luggage up a flight of stairs, it helps to compartmentalize all your stuff into large covers before placing them in your suitcase. So, you can just take each of them out and carry them up the stairs.
These smart hacks will not only save your back a lot of trouble, but also help ensure that you stay fit and active when traveling.
- Carly Cameron